When Astroturfing Letters to the Editor, At Least Be Smart Enough to Use Different Names; Update: Does the Anagram Offer a Clue?

Sabrina Eaton at the Cleveland Plain Dealer caught the following:

Obama has suspicious number of letter-writing fans named ‘Ellie Light’

In recent weeks, Light has published virtually identical “Letters to the Editor” in support of President Barack Obama in more than a dozen newspapers. Every letter claimed a different residence for Light that happened to be in the newspaper’s circulation area.

“It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything,” said a letter from alleged Philadelphian Ellie Light, that was published in the Jan. 19 edition of The Philadelphia Daily News.

A letter from Light in the Jan. 20 edition of the San Francisco Examiner concluded with an identical sentence, but with an address for Light all the way across the country in Daly City, California.

Variations of Light’s letter ran in Ohio’s Mansfield News Journal on Jan. 13, with Light claiming an address in Mansfield; in New Mexico’s Ruidoso News on Jan. 12, claiming an address in Three Rivers; in South Carolina’s The Sun News on Jan. 18, claiming an address in Myrtle Beach; and in the Daily News Leader of Staunton, Virginia on Jan. 15, claiming an address in Waynesboro. Her publications list includes other papers in Ohio, West Virginia, Maine, Michigan, Iowa, Pennsylvania and California, all claiming separate addresses.

Light – who e-mailed an identical missive to this reporter on Jan. 16 without listing a hometown – would not answer e-mailed questions about the address discrepancies in newspapers that ran her letter, or her identity, although she did say she wasn’t a former co-worker of this reporter’s who had a similar name.

“I do not write as a representative of any organization,” she said in an e-mail. “The letter I wrote was motivated by surprise and wonderment at the absence of any media support for our President, who won a record-breaking election by a landslide less than 18 months ago, and now, seems to be abandoned by all, supposedly for the infantile reason that he couldn’t make all of Bush’s errors disappear in one day.”

Bush’s errors? Hey, does that sound familiar?

Patterico lists at least a couple dozen more places where “Ellie Light” has written similar letters to editors, all claiming to be from a different city.

These guys aren’t even smart enough to rotate through a bunch of different names. “The most transparent administration ever” indeed. Troglobites can see through these people.


“Sincerely, Ellie Light”

Update: It just occurred to me that maybe Scott Brown’s people have been sending these letters, because one anagram of “Ellie Light” is “He Ill Legit.”

Update II: The larger questions being asked around the ‘net are how so many newspapers — nearly 50 at this point — just happened to choose these same letters for publication. Were they all fed the same letter(s) from the White House? Is there simply one overzealous Obamaniac who wrote all these and just happened to get them all published (unlikely, even given the nature of the lib MSM)? In other words, there’s probably more to this. But I have a feeling that we’ll only hear the truth if it happens to come out of that hole just under David Axelrod’s mustache — and what are the odds of the truth ever coming out of there?

Author: Doug Powers

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